These are dark days for golf -- sponsors fleeing, tournaments folding, stars fading -- and yet, amid the darkness, good news: there's a new tournament coming to the PGA Tour this year.
The McGladrey Classic, sponsored by the accounting/consulting firm of RSM McGladrey, will kick off this fall at Sea Island Resort. The event will take place Oct. 7-10, and will be held at the Seaside Course, one of Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses in the United States.
The tournament already has some heavyweight pro presence behind it; Davis Love III will be the tournament's chairman, and Zach Johnson will be on the tournament board. Both players are Sea Island residents, and both, obviously, will play in the tournament. (The AP's Doug Ferguson noted that Natalie Gulbis is also sponsored by McGladrey, so why not give her an exemption into the tournament? Really, why the heck not?)
The PGA Tour was obviously pleased by the idea, and once Tim Finchem could compose himself after weeping with gratitude, he indicated that the new tourney "represents a partnership between a dynamic new sponsor, a host organization founded by a prominent member of the PGA TOUR, and a world-class resort serving as the host venue." (Count the adjectives and win a prize!)
In all seriousness, RSM McGladrey is a big-time sponsor of Special Olympics, and anything that helps that organization is worthwhile. Plus, it's golf in a beautiful location, and you can't ever go wrong with that.